California Riding Magazine • September, 2009

Ride For Ronnie
New fundraising campaign benefits the Ronnie Mutch scholarship program.

by Zazou Hoffman

California trainer Meredith Bullock and the Toyon Farm riders in Sullivan Canyon.
Photo: Anthony Richmond

The R.W. Mutch Foundation has started a “painless” new fundraiser to help support its scholarship program. I was a beneficiary of this program when I won the scholarship in 2005. It provides a two-week training experience with a top professional, with expenses covered by the foundation. I was lucky enough to be paired with trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan, which allowed me to compete on a national level.

The Foundation is asking trainers on both coasts to donate the proceeds from one or more group riding lessons to the R.W. Mutch Education Foundation, a 501(c) (3), tax exempt organization. In return they will get a letter confirming the amount of the donation for tax purposes. The Foundation will also give the professional a special R.W Mutch jacket with his or her name embroidered on it and the trainer’s name will be inscribed on the perpetual trophy. This will keep the memory of the late Ronnie Mutch alive and teach present and future generations about this great equestrian. Contributions through this program will allow the Foundation to continue offering the Educational Scholarship to junior riders who most closely resemble the Mutch’s horsemanship ideals.

Zazou Hoffman and her trainer Meredith Bullock at a show at the
Los Angeles Equestrian Center.
Photo: Winter Hoffman

I am happy to report that my California trainer Meredith Bullock is one of the first to sign on for the program, along with her young students Ben and Victoria Cohen, Samantha Richmond, Richard and Jessica Fuchs-Shafer, Elissa and Alexandra Markowitz, India Brittenham, Alexandra Sands, Coco McDermott, Olivia Dell, Maya Greenwald, Cece McLennan and many others. In addition Patty Ball, trainer of last year’s Mutch Scholarship winner Haley Webster, has pledged to participate. Her barn is Hunterville in the Sacramento area’s Penryn. Haley was paired with trainer Karen Healey at HITS Thermal. She found the experience to be meaningful as well as challenging.

My barnmate Darragh Kenney, who has been making a splash in the Grand Prix ring, got his start with Missy Clark and John Brennan through a similar program in Ireland.

For more information, please contact Carol Coleman at, call 201-739-2013 or visit